What led Phil Jones back to Manchester United?

After 12 years at Old Trafford, defender Phil Jones left Man United when his contract expired this summer.

Over the past few weeks, Phil Jones has observed a number of Manchester United academy practices.

On Tuesday afternoon, there were rumors on social media that Jones had come back to manage the club’s Under-18 team, but according to the Manchester Evening News, he had only returned to Carrington to watch academy training.

According to sources, there are no present plans for Jones to coach the U18s, and it’s also believed the center-back is still debating what his career’s next move should be.

Jones left United this summer after his contract expired, and sources have emphasized that past players “regularly engage” with the academy. His presence during training sessions was also seen to benefit future players.

According to sources, Jones’ attendance at academy training will give young athletes the chance to interact with someone who has amassed a plethora of experience over the course of a successful career.

When his departure from United was made official in May, the 31-year-old wrote an emotional statement to the team’s fans in which he referred to his time at Old Trafford as “living the dream at the biggest club in the world.”

Jones won the Premier League in 2013 after moving from Blackburn Rovers to United in 2011. For United, the defender made a total of 229 appearances.



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